Is getting the grant enough?
Stewardship, performance measurement and sharing learning with the sector

The non-profit sector’s most successful grants programs are underpinned by strong organisational governance and performance measurement. This interactive session focusses on building the knowledge and skills required to meet funder expectations around outcomes and impact measurement and effectively communicating with grant-makers to exceed their expectations.

Emerging trends in impact investment and outcomes measurement in Government and philanthropy require that non-profits be capable and resilient enough to ‘fail fast’ – to learn quickly when interventions are not working and re-focus them.

Funded programs and interventions must be flexible enough to adapt when performance indicators are not being met or perverse outcomes arise. Evaluations are an essential part, therefore, of project planning for grants funding. This requires an understanding of performance measurement and program evaluation as a leadership and fundraising competency.

Participants will then be provided with the crucial steps and organisational processes required to develop and emplace effective performance management and evaluation into project plans, and ensure the data captured is relevant to projected outcomes and impacts.


This masterclass is for grant seekers. ID Code: Masterclass 1 REGISTER HERE


Outcomes for Participants

Participants will leave this masterclass with a clear understanding of:

  • The current lay of the grants land; both government and philanthropic grant funders (including direct funder perspective through funder Q&A session)
  • Emerging grant trends including impact investment, social benefit bonds and the focus on outcome measurement
  • What constitutes best practice relationship management and reporting
  • The importance of and the how-to of embedding evaluation into the project delivery plan
  • The importance of the service delivery team and fundraising team to work together – is internal education / restructure needed?
  • Evaluation tools – how to capture what data and how to present it to funders in a meaningful and relevant way


Masterclass Presenter

Jo Garner
Director, Strategic Grants

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Jo Garner is the Director of Strategic Grants and a founding member of Queensland's first women's giving circle, Women & Change. Strategic Grants works with non-profits across New Zealand and Australia to build effective grant seeking strategies and has worked on successful philanthropic grants and government tenders ranging from $5000 to $50M.

Jo has been a professional fundraiser since 1994 and started providing professional grant services to charities in 2002. Over the years, Jo has identified key areas where non-profits need assistance and advice when establishing, reviewing and building an effective grants program. Jo is also a regular conference presenter on the grant-seeking process at conferences and facilitates regular workshops for individual charities as well as the sector at large.

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